Two new conjoined hotels opened this week in Austin in a mixed-use development right in the heart of downtown.
The two Hyatt hotels, Thompson Austin and tommie Austin, opened on 506 San Jacinto Blvd, right next to James Beard-approved restaurants and over 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Thompson Austin boasts itself as a new cultural hub with an elevated social scene and highly desirable food and beverage options. And tommie Austin says it was built for "discovering vibrant neighborhoods."
“Austin is one of the most beloved travel destinations and serves as home to many inspiring people and businesses that we’re honored to be joining,” managing director Nate Hardesty.
With the goal of becoming Austin’s “premier urban playground,” Thompson Austin has 212 guestrooms, 17 residences, a wellness center with private fitness rooms and a pool with al fresco dining. Streetside, you’ll find James Beard Award-winning chef Mashama Bailey and partner Johno Morisano at The Grey, which is available for room service.
Once you’re checked in, notice the raw-cut gemstone front desk, mixed metal finishes and sniff out the Thompson Hotel’s signature scent made by D.S. & DURGA.
On the other hand, tommie Austin is designed to be an “epicenter for creativity and adventure” by tapping into local amenities like an all-day coffee counter serving brews from Greater Goods Coffee Co. and playful retail on the ground floor connecting to the lobby.
Designed by Venice-based Studio Collective, the 193 king bed guestrooms take inspiration from West Texas elements, geometric patterns, tactile textures and sights from the Southwest.
Tommi Austin is characterized by Southwestern views and striking accents. (tommi Austin)
The two hotels will be connected by The Grey, a fourth-floor entertainment deck featuring Wax Myrtle’s Club & Pool by Chicago-based Land and Sea Dept, and Greater Goods Coffee on the ground floor.
To celebrate its grand opening, the hotels are offering three packages in collaboration with local brands: tommie Austin x Austin DeTours, including a two-night stay and street art experience; Thompson Austin x Tecovas, with a Southern-spired gift bag of branded whiskey glasses and $250 gift card to Tecovas.
The final package, the Have it All at Thompson Austin, includes a $100 food & beverage credit, chef-selected welcome amenity, branded leather tote, two tickets to The Contemporary Austin, $20 gift card to Big Henry’s Vinyl & Gifts, curated Tecovas gift bag and complimentary parking.
A night at Thompson Austin starts at $329 per night and $199 per night at tommie Austin, though prices are seasonally based.
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Elon Musk has placed an order for a new, top-of-the-line private jet: a Gulfstream G700, Austonia has learned. Delivery is expected in early 2023.
Billed as offering “the most spacious cabin in history,” the aircraft seats 19 and soars above the rest of us at up to 51,000 feet. Base price: $78 million.
The Gulfstream G700 was awarded the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Award for excellence in cabin design this year. (Gulfstream)
According to the Gulfstream website, the G700 can fly up to 7,500 nautical miles without refueling, enough range to fly nonstop from Austin to Hong Kong. Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, it has its own Wi-Fi system, 20 oval windows measuring 28” x 21”, and two lavatories.
The sweet new ride will replace his current top-of-line private jet: a 2015 Gulfstream G650, the aircraft that has been made somewhat famous by the automated @elonjet Twitter account, which tracks and reports his personal aircraft’s movements using public data.
Landed in Austin, Texas, US. Apx. flt. time 44 Mins. pic.twitter.com/jZ7HI0i4iV
— ElonJet (@ElonJet) June 24, 2022
Musk has repeatedly championed “free speech” as a guiding ethic in his planned purchase of Twitter. Last December, Musk offered the teenager who built the @elonjet tracker $50,000 to shut it down, citing security concerns. It’s still up.
According to the @elonjet account, Musk’s jet last traveled to Austin, where it’s been since June 23. The associated data says that his flight to Austin burned $2,573 worth of aviation fuel and discharged 4 tons of carbon dioxide.
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Enjoy live music all weekend long and check out the hotels’ state-of-the-art amenities between sets. Make a splash in the pool, enjoy outdoor fire pits, or challenge your friends in a yard game while enjoying a weekend full of live music! Did we mention the package includes deluxe accommodations and a bucket of beer? Oh, and if you needed more convincing, this pet-friendly hotel means the whole family can join in on the fun.
Explore any of the Court Hotels by Valencia Hotel Group for a memorable escape. Each property offers a unique experience remnant of yesteryear but with all of the modern amenities that make for a fun and comfortable stay. With acres of landscaped courtyards, relax and unwind in an outdoor environment perfect for doing everything or absolutely nothing at all. With locations in Austin, College Station, Irving, and Lubbock your urban retreat has never been so close.
Locals and travelers alike are invited to enjoy the deep roots of Texas music all summer long with a robust lineup of live performances. From the banks of the San Antonio Riverwalk to Irving’s manicured streets, Valencia’s hotels are a place to gather and reconnect, offering uniquely Texan settings for the weekly performances.
“We’re proud of the community we’ve fostered among Texas musicians and the many rising stars who perform at our properties,” says Amy Trench, corporate director of brand marketing & PR for Valencia Hotel Group.
With unique programming at each of Valencia’s properties, there’s something for everyone to enjoy all summer long.
If you’re a Valencia Hotel Group Rewards member, the perks are plentiful. Enjoy up to 10% off the Best Available Rate, and for a limited time, members can save up to 15% off a stay of 2 nights or more, for select stays in 2022.
But that’s really just the beginning. At select locations, you can enjoy discounts on weeknight stays, a complimentary third night, or curated packages for a romantic getaway or a night of watching the Verde at Q2 Stadium. You’ll also find special rates for AAA and AARP Members, educators, and front-line heroes including military, law enforcement, fire, and rescue workers.